19th April - Today's News: Water Shortage Warning After Dry Winter


Water companies warn parts of UK could see drought this summer after the driest winter in more than 20 years - and more worrying, many places have only seen 1mm or 2 of rain in April, with nothing much on the horizon either.   At this time of year more rain is needed because of plant growth, which extracts more water from the ground.   Given recent trends, we could have both water shortages and floods this summer - with rain falling in more intense downpours, and long dry spells inbetween.

But before then, we could see snow next week (and not just over hills).  And not just here.  Much of Europe continmues to experience a colder than usual second half of April.  Denmark has coldest April night this century.  There's already spring snow in Serbia.  And after spring weather, Slovakia faces record cold and snow



And the Southern Alps will likely save NZ from 'river piracy', but they won't save our retreating glaciers (but when did river capture - the effects of which are quite prominent in parts of the Highlands - become river piracy?!!!)



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